Tipapa Homestead is nestled in a valley alongside the Tipapa Stream. Today’s homestead was designed by notable NZ architect Heathcote Helmore and is actually a 1928 modernisation of the original house. The extensive gardens have been designed and developed specifically to showcase the home. Original owners, the Acton-Adams family, began planting trees from the 1880s immediately upon settling what was then an 18,000 acre sheep station. Many of the towering oaks, elms, ash, gums, pine and macrocarpa surrounding the house are over a hundred years old. They shelter the house and form a microclimate. Tipapa is now the home of Stewart and Jane Whiteside who open their home to guests. The garden and restored 1890s woolshed are used for events and weddings. The sweeping lawns were originally for tennis and croquet, and now are perfect for celebrations against the backdrop of the beautiful house. Beds of colour, roses, rhododendrons, camellias and fruit trees mean that there are a multitude of spaces to enjoy. Our challenge is to keep the garden looking good all year round, while also renovating some of the trees and historic garden beds. Tours of the house will be held daily at 11am and 2pm. Private areas and rooms occupied by houseguests will not be part of the tour.
A ceramic and art exhibition by Kim Henderson known for her bold and colourful ceramics. Kim will be presenting her latest collection at Tipapa, there will be a rich variety of ceramics and other artwork all available for purchase. Kim will be present and happy to share insights into her methods and inspirations.
Cost:Free with admission